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Wirte the half equation for the reduction of acetic acid.

I Know that a colourless odourless gas is formed in the process but I can't seem to find an appropriate product to accompany it. Pleasae help.

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  1. I think I would look for carbon dioxide.

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  2. So would the half equation be

    CH3COOH -> CO2 + CH4

    and if so, where is the oxidation/reduction - electron transfer?

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  3. I don't know about the products; however, for what you have written the redox is like this.
    In CH3COOH:
    O is -2 each for total -4.
    H is +1 each for total +4.
    Therefore each C = 0
    In CO2, O is -2 and C is +4. Carbon has gone from 0 to +4 which is a loss of electrons which makes it oxidized.
    In CH4, C is -4; C has gone from 0 to -4 which is a gain of electrons which makes it reduced.

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